UPDATED 6:15 p.m. with PDF of lawsuit.
ST. LOUIS • A Missouri tattoo artist responsible for ex-boxer Mike Tyson's distinctive facial tattoo sued Warner Brothers in federal court in St. Louis Thursday, alleging the movie company improperly copied the tattoo for use in an upcoming movie.
Artist S. Victor Whitmill's suit asks a judge to block further use of the tattoo in ads and in the upcoming movie.
The suit says that Whitmill tattooed Tyson in Las Vegas while living there in 2003. Although Tyson has the tattoo, the suit says Whitmill retained all rights to the image, including the copyright.
Whitmill's suit says Warner Brothers copied the tattoo and is using it on the face of actor Ed Helms in the movie "The Hangover Part Two."
Helms begins the film tattoo-free and preparing for an upcoming marriage. But he wakes up after a wild night with a tattoo very similar to Tyson's, according to a movie trailer.
Tyson appeared in a cameo role in the first movie.
Whitmill now works out of a studio in Waynesville, north of Ft. Leonard Wood.
A lawyer for Whitmill referred a reporter's questions back to the lawsuit.
A Warner Brothers spokeswoman did not immediately return an email seeking comment.